Thursday, June 27, 2013

Melanoma Deaths More Likely in Young Men Than Women


Young men are more likely to die of the skin cancer melanoma than young women, regardless of the severity of the tumor, a new study found. This suggests there are fundamental biological differences between melanoma in men and women, the researchers said.

Looking at melanoma cases among a population of young, white men and women over 20 years, the researchers found that men accounted for 40 percent of the cancer cases, but 64 percent of the deaths.

Overall, men were 55 percent more likely to die of melanoma than women of the same age, after adjusting for other factors such as a tumor's type, thickness and location, according to the study published today (June 26) in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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